Leave it up to Angelina Jolie to choose a lesser known story set in a war torn era to make her next film. But I like that about her -- she is the type of risk-taking director that chooses stories she's passionate about that others would likely pass on, box office be damned, and makes them accessible to audiences. What's more, she doesn't allow the setting of a film to exclusively dictate the scope of its story (notable, considering other more seasoned directors have not figured out how to do this). Her newest film, UNBROKEN, looks to be no exception.
I haven't it seen it yet, but I can tell you that the film has become a hot topic of discussion in the nerd community -- with reviews running the gamut, but "awards contender" talk still rampant. Watch the trailer here. And here's a little more about it in the synopsis:
Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend") enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Like Jolie's previous work, In the Land of Blood and Honey, there are not a whole lot of big name actors in UNBROKEN (unless you consider Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund and Jai Courtney to be A-listers). So the storytelling has to be truly remarkable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one. In the meantime, here are a few new images from the film: